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FILM STUDY: Attack The Block

In GCSE Film Studies we are currently studying Attack The Block, a British hybrid film that uses the genre conventions of science fiction, comedy, horror and action. It was written by Joe Cornish (his debut film) and stars John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker and Nick Frost.


It is set in modern-day London which allows Cornish to highlight social issues prevalent at the time.


In class we are focusing on exploring the film's aesthetics. This includes: the use of mise-en-scene (props, costume, lighting, performance, colour, and setting) as well as cinematography (camera angle/ shots and movement).


At the moment, we are about to start a close analysis of the opening sequence:


We are particularly interested in how Cornish establishes the film's hybrid genre and the visual style of the film.


So far we have explored how Cornish has been influenced by the opening of 'Invasion of The Body Snatchers' (A 1956 American science-fiction horror film produced by Walter Wanger and directed by Don Siege.)


We are going to continue this study by analysing Cornish's decisions on mise-en-scene and cinematography- in particular lighting, costume, props and camera shots/angle and movement.


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